Where are you reading this story? On your smartphone or desktop/laptop? Anyway doesn't matter, Just pack your bag and get ready. But you are confused right, where to go, how to go, how to plan and many more questions are there. Right?? So, read till the end, and we will find a reason to spend somewhere with yourself.
So, all its start when I was busy in my office scorlling my computer screen. I got a WhatsApp mesage from my cousin, he asked to find a place to spend our holiday during Durgapuja & Dussehra.
But time was less this time, and I always prefer some offbeat location to travel and spend my time.
And, now it's time for Dzongu. You never heard it,right? It's in Sikkim. Wait, you thought, Sikkim is all about Gangtok, Zero point, Gurudongmaar, Baba mandir. Maximum people among us who traveled Sikkim has same story. But I will share my different Sikkim Story.
Dzongu, is in North Sikkim, specially known as the village for Lepcha people. Lepcha's are the tribal people of Sikkim. You need a special permission to enter the village. Your homestay owner will help you on this matter. All you need is a copy of Voter ID or a passport with a Photo. You can email or WhatsApp the documents to the owner they will arrange it for you. You need only ₹100
How to reach?
To reach Dzongu you can go by two sides. From Gangtok or from Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. From Siliguri you can find share car till Singtam (fare ₹250), it takes around 4 hours . From Singtam market you will get another Share cab till Mangan (fare ₹150) it will take around 2 hours max. You can get share car from Gangtok to Mangan also. After reaching Mangan you need to book another Share car for Dzongu, but for this you need to reach before 3PM. After that hardly you get the share car. Luckily we got the last share car at 4PM.
The road is very bad from Mangan to Dzongu, bolder road makes your journey harder. Sometimes you need to walk to reach the nearby temporary bridge over the Teesta River.
And the best part is you need to cross the whole river, by foot. Don't panic, there is suspension bridge, with bamboo, we have crossed this bridge in a moon light and the river below us roar so much, and creates a mysterious and adventurous journey.
After crossing the bridge you need to travel by another car, for half an hour. Our Homestay owner Mr. Karma with us. We have reached near our homestay at around 8PM, it was a long hectic journey, but we enjoyed.
One thing I am waring about the leaches, from road to our homestay was 5 min walking distance in a muddy field, after reached the homestay we noticed that 3-4 leaches were sticked in my legs, and having party with my blood. The pinch of salt helped me to get rid of them.
After freshen up we jumped to our dinner, because we were too tired and hungry, our last meal was the breakfast. So, our homestay owner served us the food, plain rice, daal, and fish curry. It was delicious, after our dinner we met our co guests in the homestay. We did some chit chat and left for bed.